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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 117

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 22, 2012

This is the shortest of all the Psalms, hence the Saint’s brevity.

“O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” (verse 1). These are the courts of the Lord’s house, this all His people, this the true Jerusalem. Let those rather listen who have refused to be the children of this city, since they have cut themselves off from the communion of all nations. (see note 1 below)

“For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.” (verse 2). These are those two things, loving-kindness and truth, which in the 115th Psalm I admonished you should be committed to memory. But “the merciful kindness of the Lord is ever more and mere towards us,” since the furious tongues of hostile nations have yielded to His Name, through which we have been freed: “and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever,” whether in those things which He promised to the righteous, or in those which He hath threatened to the ungodly.

Note 1: St Augustine is referring to the Donatists. For a fairly lengthy summary introduction to this error see  this Catholic Encyclopedia article. For a much shorter summary see Father John Hardon’s article in Collier’s Encyclopedia.

 

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This Week’s Posts: Sunday, January 22-Saturday, January 28

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 22, 2012

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Resources (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms). Commentaries on the readings, homilies, podcasts, etc. A weekly feature of this blog the resources for next Sunday’s Mass will be posted on Wednesday (or Thursday) evening.

Today’s Divine Office.

Last Week’s Posts (Sun., Jan. 15-Sat., Jan 21).

MONDAY JANUARY 23
MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Sam 5:1-7, 10). Originally posted in 2008.

UPDATE: Father Boylan’s Introduction to Today’s Psalm (89).

UPDATE: My Notes on Today’s Psalm (89:20, 21-22, 25-26). Previously posted. The work also contains notes on verses 27-28.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel Reading (Mark 3:22-30). Originally posted on 2008.

Aquinas Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 3:22-30). Includes some background on the readings by me.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
MEMORIAL OF ST FRANCIS DE SALES, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Sam 6:12b-15, 17-19). Originally posted in 2008.

A Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Today’s Responsorial Psalm (Ps 24:7-10).

UPDATE: Father Boylan’s Introduction to Today’s Psalm (24). Entire Psalm.

UPDATE: St Thomas Aquinas’ Lecture on Today’s Psalm (24). Entire Psalm.

UPDATE: Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Today’s Psalm (24). Entire Psalm.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel Reading (Mark 3:31-35). Originally posted in 2008.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel Reading (Mark 3:31-35).

The Spirit of St Francis de Sales. PDF. The great classic by Jean Pierre Camus.

Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical on St Francis de Sales.

A Summary of the Life of St Francis de Sales.

Introduction to the Devout Life. Online, conveniently arranged.

Treatise on the Love of God. Online, conveniently arranged.

The Catholic Controversy. Online. The Saint’s famous defense of the faith against the Calvinists.

Some of St Francis’ Sermons on Prayer. Four sermons on prayer.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25
FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL THE APOSTLE

Today’s Mass Readings. Please note that today’s first reading has an alternate text that can be used. I’ve provided posts or links for both.

Today’s Divine Office.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Today’s First Reading (Acts 22:3-16).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (Acts 22:3-16).

Alternate 1st Reading: Father Callan’s Commentary on Acts 9:1-22.

Alternate 1st Reading: St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Acts 9:1-22.

Alternate 1st Reading: Navarre Bible Commentary on Acts 9:1-22.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Today’s Psalm (117).

St Augustine’s Notes on Today’s Psalm (117).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 16:15-18).

Free Online Resources for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. I posted this last year so some of the links may no longer be available, still some very good resources can be had here.

Update: Resources for Sunday Mass, January 29 (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms).

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
MEMORIAL OF SAINT TIMOTHY AND SAINT TITUS, BISHOPS

Today’s Mass Readings. Please note that like yesterday, an alternate text is allowed for today’s first reading. I supplied commentary or links for both below.

Today’s Divine Office.

Father Callan’s Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Tim 1:1-8).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Tim 1:1-8).

Alternate 1st Reading: Bishop MacEvily’s Commentary on Titus 1:1-5.

Alternate 1st Reading: Father Callan’s Commentary on Titus 1:1-5.

Alternate 1st Reading: Navarre Bible Commentary on Titus 1:1-5.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Today’s Psalm (96).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:21-25).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:21-25).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Today is the Memorial of St John Chrysostom In the Extraordinary Form of the Rite

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Sam 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:26-34).

Navarre Bible Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:26-34).

UPDATE: Extraordinary Form of the Rite: Commentary on Today’s First Reading (2 Tim 4:1-8).

UPDATE: Extraordinary Form of the Rite: Commentary on Today’s Gospel Reading (Matt 5:13-19).

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
MEMORIAL OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS, PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
Today, in the Extraordinary Form, it is the Memorial of St Peter Nolasco.

Today’s Mass Readings.

Today’s Divine Office.

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Lecture on Today’s Psalm (51). On the entire Psalm. Latin and English text side by side.

UPDATE: Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Today’s Psalm (51).

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 4:35-41).

Aquinas Day Lecture: “The Intermediate State and the Restoration of Israel: N.T. Wright and St. Thomas Aquinas On Our Eschatological Future.” Video lecture by Matthew Levering. Delivered in 2010.

Aquinas Day Lecture: Fr. Brian Davies on the New Atheism. Video lecture. I’m not sure of the year this was delivered.

Aquinas Day Lecture: Desires of the Heart~Finding True Fulfillment. Video lecture by Dr. Elenore Stump.

Anthony Kenny on Aquinas and Medieval Philosophy. Five videos, each about 9 minutes long encompassing a 45 minute talk/interview Dr. Kenny did on British television.

Ralph McIrnerry on Aquinas, Metaphysics and Morality.

A Sermon and Collation of St Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Pentecost. Only a few complete sermons by Aquinas have come down to us. Here is one of them (see the nest 3 links).

Aquinas’ Sermon for the Feast of St Nicholas.

Aquinas’ Sermon on Psalm 32:7~Blessed are the People Whose God is the Lord. Latin and English side by side.

Essay: A Rare Glimpse of Thomas the Preaching Friar. Some interesting insights into St Thomas the preacher and his Pentecost Sermon linked to above.

UPDATE: Reading the Summa Blog. Unfortunately, this blog hasn’t been updated for a couple of months.

UPDATE: Walter Farrell’s Companion to the Summa. Father Farrell’s popular presentation of the Summa Theologicæ of St Thomas.

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Work’s in English Online. Most of the titles are in Latin, but the links are to English text. A number of the works are to St Thomas’ lectures on various books of the bible.

UPDATE: Aquinas’ Lectures on Romans. Pdf document.

UPDATE~Extraordinary Form: Bernardin de Piconio’s Commentary on Today’s First Reading (1 Cor 4:9-14). Commentary on the whole chapter.

UPDATE~Extraordinary Form: Father Callan’s Commentary on Today’s First Reading (1 Cor 4:9-14). Includes notes on verses 7 & 8 as well.

UPDATE~Extraordinary Form: Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Today’s Gospel (Luke 12:32-34).

UPDATE: A Brief Biographical Sketch of St Peter Nolasco.

UPDATE: Owe No Man Anything Except To Love One Another. A homily on Rom 13:8-10 by Bishop Bonomelli. This Epistle reading will be used for tomorrow’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Rite. See the link “Resources for Sunday Mass” posted above under Wednesday for more.

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